One of the keys to startup success is being able to focus on your work and push yourself towards specific goals. Being able to stay highly-focused will ensure that you don’t procrastinate and it gives you a clear path to walk. Unfortunately, trying to set up a business and run it from home can often be an extremely unproductive time.
Whether it’s speaking to your partner about something, watching TV, getting a visit from neighbors, or dealing with your children, there are countless distractions that you need to avoid if you want to be productive at home. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to overcome these distractions; create your own workspace!
If you feel like you could be more productive at home then here are a couple of signs that you should really be creating your own dedicated workspace at home.
You keep getting distracted by something while working
No matter what it is, a distraction is a distraction.
If you’re sitting at your regular computer desk then you may be prone to checking social media. If you’re working in the kitchen then you may be tempted to snack or make food more regularly just to distract yourself from work.
If you set up a workspace in the living room, then you might switch on the TV to watch it. This is where sheds and study rooms can come in handy. By creating a space that is isolated from the rest of your home, you can train your brain to get into “work” mode and avoid distractions.
You have to tell others to be quiet when you’re working
Do your kids keep getting loud when you need to work? Are your roommates asking you to hang out with them when you should really be focusing on your work? If so, then you may need a private workspace to help you focus.
You need to use a more powerful desktop computer or specialized equipment
If your work involves some kind of specialized equipment then you may want to create your own workspace to store it. This will help you keep all of your work-related materials, equipment, and tools in a single location.
This prevents you from losing things and makes your work more efficient in the long run.
Your back hurts after working for a while
In order to work at home comfortably, you’ll need to create a relatively stable and comfortable working environment. This often involves a desk at an optimal height and a comfortable chair that supports your back.
You have to run around the house to get things
Having a private workspace means that you can quickly and easily find the things that you need.
Work-related documents, specialized tools, and unique devices should be kept within the range of your workspace to make you a more efficient worker. If you find yourself constantly running around the house to look for something specific, then it’s time to move everything to a private workspace in your home.